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    Well it's been over a month since I asked my local shop guy to order all the stuff I need. He never got back to me and didn't respond to my text last week so I went to Track of the Wolf and ordered 100 each of .451 balls, lubed wads and "wonder lube". I took my digital caliper to each chamber and they are all right around .450 to .451. The local shop carries percussion caps so I'll just grab those, and a friend has a bunch of FFFG black powder so he's going to sell me a pound. I plan on using the powder flask 29aholic graciously donated, and cutting the spout down to 20 grains capacity. I have that bag of cap keepers so I hope that even if #10 caps aren't perfectly tight on this old gun, at least those should keep the caps on tight and not fall off during firing.

    Once I finally get all the stuff I need to fire it, I think I'll do so on the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Sept 17th.
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    I hope the balls fit properly. If the caps are too small just squeeze them slightly oval. I wish you the best of luck!
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    You need to bigger in diameter on the balls...at least .454 if not .457. Otherwise, they wont swage/seal properly in the chambers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    You need to bigger in diameter on the balls...at least .454 if not .457. Otherwise, they wont swage/seal properly in the chambers.

    And you will risk a 'Flash over' where some or all chambers detonate at the same time. That could destroy your gun. To be safe you should see a light shaving of lead when you seat the balls.
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    I sent them a message to ask if they can switch the balls to .454 instead of .451. Good enough hopefully?

    Reading a little further into getting the gun operating, I am wondering about which caps to buy, and how heavy the hammer spring should be. It seems the hammer spring on any percussion revolver should be significantly heavier than on a SAA/clones. I'm just learning this now. It makes sense when thinking about keeping the caps on the nipples, and working against back pressure on the hammer. When I first acquired the gun I noticed the hammer spring screw was backed out slightly, making the hammer spring weight about as heavy as my modified Uberti Cattleman which has a nice light trigger pull. I'm thinking I should remove the grip on the Colt and drive that hammer spring screw all the way home? If it still seems somewhat light of a hammer stroke, should I just replace the spring? Would it be any help if I could attach a photo of the clearance between the nipples and the hammer face when the hammer is at rest? When it comes to the caps, I supposed I should stay away from CCI's, correct? I'm not sure what the local shop carries, but from what I'm reading I should be looking for Remington #10's.

    As always, any further advice is certainly welcome and appreciated.
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    Any cap you can buy is fine, either CCI or Remington or others. Your gun probably has nipples that were made for no. 9 caps which are not produced anymore. If you can get no. 10 caps that is the best as they are the smallest in size (or have a longer skirt). Any cap will work however, just give them a slight squeeze and they stay on. Turn the hammer screw all the way in, see how it handles. Best way to check hammer tension is to test fire a run of caps, without a load. See if the hammer detonates them reliably. The spring needs to be somewhat heavier than a cartridge gun.

    No need to replace the spring, Colt mainsprings carry enough tension (often excessively heavy)

    Another tip: before you load and fire the gun, make sure to wipe out all excessive oil from the chambers and barrel.
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    I think those little rubber cap keepers I bought should help keep the caps on the nipples. We'll see.
    Yes the bore and chambers are dry as a bone right now. I have a little bit of grease on the arbor, and the internals are lightly oiled. That's it.
    I do plan on running a cap only through each chamber before loading. But the flash holes are all clean and dry so do I really even need to do that step?

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    If the chambers are dry there is no need to fire off caps.

    For the record those cap keepers can be made from surgical tubing
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    For the record those cap keepers can be made from surgical tubing
    I know I saw that as soon as I opened the package. "Oh jeez I could have made these myself!"
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